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COVID-19 NEWS: 'ALA Summons Support for Library Stabilization Fund Act'
ALA issued a statement praising the introduction of the Library Stabilization Fund Act (read the summary here) in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, which aims to “establish a $2 billion fund, administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to address financial losses and bolster library services, with priority to the hardest-hit communities. …” The fund would support libraries in maintaining their core services, purchasing cleaning and PPE supplies, expanding technology to ensure internet access for patrons, and more.
Julius C. Jefferson Jr., ALA’s president, says, “The spread of COVID-19 has caused significant financial losses for America’s libraries, resulting in disruption to core library services, thousands of furloughs and layoffs. The Library Stabilization Fund Act is the comprehensive federal response needed to keep our nation’s libraries safely in operation, and ALA is throwing the full weight of our advocacy network into supporting this bill.”
For more information and the list of organizations that have endorsed the bill, read the press release.
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